Alan French

It is with great sadness that the club announces that it’s club President Alan French has died at the age of 85 years.
Alan was a stalwart of the club for over 40 years volunteering in many roles including Club Secretary and regularly supported in these endeavours by his wife Sheila. Before joining Folkestone Athletics club, Alan was a member of various clubs including the Norfolk Gazelles of which he was a founder member and Blackheath Harriers. He had represented Norfolk on many occasions and was the Norfolk and Eastern Counties 15 miles Champion in 1962, the Norfolk mile Champion in 1963 and the Norfolk 3 miles Champion in 1964. In addition he was the secretary of the Norfolk County Amateur Athletics Association. During his running career, Alan posted many fine times including 4:30.6 for the mile and 54:31 for 10 miles. Alan continued to run until his early Seventies when he finally hung up his running shoes but he continued to support the club as our chief Timekeeper. He was out in all weathers recording the times for our Folkestone 10 road race and the club’s handicap events. Only stepping down from the latter role in 2016.
The club would like to send its deepest sympathies to Sheila and sons Christopher and Andrew and daughter Gillian.
Alan’s funeral will be held on Monday 26 November at 14.30 at St Radigund’s Church, 16 Albany Road Capel le Ferne CT18 7JT. Sheila has requested that those attending wear colours, not black, as the funeral will be a celebration of Alan’s life. Club members past and present are requested to wear club colours if you can.
There will be family flowers only but those who wish to do so can make a donation to Pilgrims Hospice.


Tina Eke 2018-11-23 17:26:39


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